Rupinder named Delhi Waveriders captain for HIL 2017

The new Indian additions include junior team goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya, Mandip Antil & Pardeep Singh. "With some of the players from last year’s team unavailable, we have done our best to fill in the gaps. We definitely are a well-rounded and balanced team," D'Souza said.

Rupinderpal Singh of Delhi Waveriders (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Hero Hockey India League last year.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The Delhi Waveriders named seasoned India defender Rupinderpal Singh as its captain on Thursday for the fifth edition of the Hockey India eague (HIL) starting on Saturday.

With Cedric D'Souza continuing to helm the team Rupinder, who was named Player of the Tournament in the previous edition, replaced New Zealand striker Simon Child as the leader of the team. Child has been named vice-captain this time around.

Buoyed by the presence of junior team captain Harjeet Singh and the 19-year old Mandeep Singh, DWR has included some new faces including Argentine Manuel Brunet, part of the Rio Olympics gold-winning side, Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch and former South Africa captain Austin Smith.

The new Indian additions include junior team goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya, Mandip Antil & Pardeep Singh. “With some of the players from last year’s team unavailable, we have done our best to fill in the gaps. We definitely are a well-rounded and balanced team,” D'Souza said.